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I bought a tube of this healing gel about 2 months ago from my local Boots store. The 50g tube of gel cost me around £4 as I recall but as you only use a little bit of it at a time, I reckon it will last me a long time!
The tube comes in a blue plastic tube, like a toothpaste tube shape, of varying shades of blue. The tube is thicker plastic than that of toothpaste so I am guessing it won't be as easy to squeeze the product out as it gets empty, but that time is a long way off yet as I have been using this every day for the past 2 months and there is still plenty in there. The lid is white plastic and screws off easily.
I bought this gel predominantly to help me heal a troublesome piercing that I have but I have used it a few times on other bumps and scrapes I've picked up in the past couple of months.
The gel comes out quite thick white in consistency and it feels nice and cooling on the skin which is nice to take away the sting of a recent graze.
The gel doesn't have the strong savlon smell that the notmal cream does which I personally think is a shame as I quite like that smell!
So after 2 months of applying this gel really quite religously, my piercing is healed better and I am so happy with the results as I was beginning to think it was going to be bothering me forever (or more than likely that I would have to give up on it and have it removed). I cannot comment on the claims that this prevents scarring as I am probably a month or 2 away from being fully healed but I will certainly carry on using this.
I usually buy Savlon First Aid wash from Boots for all those minor cuts and grazes, but I saw Savlon healing gel in store and thought I'd try it out. It was £3.22 for a 50g tube which is a rather reasonable price for a tube that size.
The box is the classic recognisable Savlon blue with white writing and pink accents. The contents of the box include instructions and the tube of healing gel. Writing on the box and on instructions is clear and concise, easy to read. The box is not something I kept as it wasn't really necessary. The healing gel can be used on a number of injuries such as cuts, grazes, minor burns and sunburn.
A while back I managed to slice into my thumb quite deeply by accident, and it was bleeding rather badly. I realise I should have gone to the A&E to get stitches, and I realise it was foolish but I really didn't want to go to hospital, so I made sure the bleeding stopped and applied the healing gel. To apply you simply squeeze some out of the bottle, and smooth over the wound. Do not rub. It has a soothing effect so you start to feel better right after application. I applied a bandage and didn't change it till the next day. The gel is a bit liquid like so you have to be careful with how much you squeeze out of the bottle, and you do run the risk of using too much and have to wipe off, wasting the gel.
I've got to say, the results were remarkable - before application the wound was open and very sore. The day after, it was already healing, the pain was duller and the wound wasn't as gruesome. The wound healed a lot quicker than I had anticipated, and within a week I was using simple plasters instead of bandages.
Obviously I would not advise avoiding A&E, but this healing gel really is magic stuff! It is a household essential, I would definitely recommend it and will be buying again!
Savlon is a familiar household brand and most people will, at some point have bought a tube of the original cream to rub on their cuts and grazes. Well, it seems as though the company are expanding their product range and diversifying into new and innovative products designed to aid the healing process. One such product is the new Savlon Healing Gel, a hydrocolloidal gel designed to aid the healing of burns, grazes and wet wounds.
This is nothing like the original savlon antiseptic cream that you rub into the skin. It works very differently. The gel works on the "moist healing" theory of wound treatment. In other words, that a wound will heal quicker if kept in a moist environment as it will allow the skin cells to regenerate better. The moist wound method usually involves covering the damaged skin with hydrocolloidal gel or vaseline and then applying a dressing over the top to seal in moisture. It is a well recognised technique that is used in many applications in modern medicine.
I bought the gel after reading about moist wound healing. I have a sore area on my leg that is not healing well, as it keeps forming a papery scab that falls off easily. I hoped that the gel would help heal up the injury effectively.
There is an instruction sheet with the gel that explains that it should be applied quite thickly to the skin, ideally under a dressing. it should not be rubbed in. The gel is designed to absorb any liquid weeping from the skin and at the same time create optimal healing conditions.
The first time I used it I did not use the dressing. I applied it directly to the wound area. The gel dried to a shiny sort of cap, which felt a bit sticky to the touch. It didn't really do a lot to stop the wound weeping and it didn't seem to stop it forming the papery scab either. I was not impressed. It did not live up to its claims.
The next time, I used the dressing over the top. This was even worse. I used the dressing overnight and unfortunately, the gel dried and tightened, causing the dressing to stick fast to my skin. Any healing that had taken place was undone as I wrenched the dressing from my skin, taking the top layer of skin with it! Ouch! It was like pulling a plaster off!
I have tried the gel for about a week with absolutely no success at all, either on its own or under dressings. I substituted good old vaseline instead and it did the trick, healing the skin beautifully and for a lot less money!
In my opinion, this gel falls down on a number of accounts:
It is pricey (about £4 a tube)
People will confuse it with regular antiseptic cream because of the packaging and tube.
It does not live up to its claims.
It makes the dressing stick to your skin!
I will not be buying this gel again. the only good thing I can say about it was that it was nice and cool upon application and also that I had no allergy or adverse reaction from it.
I am disappointed in this gel, as I am usually a fan of savlon products.
With the level of klutzdom in our house you would think we would be awash with first aid kit items, sadly when the yell goes out signifying yet another minor (or not so minor) injury we tend to rely on salt water and a plaster (if we're lucky). We've become kind of complacent about germs, we hope it's because our daily injury toll and refusal to be squeamish about germs has given us the immune systems of a Titan. Of course anyone with limbs sticking out at weird angles and blood flow that just won't stop gets immediately carted off to the doctor or A&E. My sister however does not appear to have developed our nonchalance toward physical peril and has cupboards bursting with all sorts of lotions and potions. Which is where I came by my tube of Savlon advanced healing gel, after cutting myself on her wonky gate. She insisted I take a tube of this home with me.
The main claims for this gel other than the anti-bacterial properties is that It speeds up healing. Reduces the chance of scarring, and quickly soothes pain due to the 'cooling' action of the gel. Did it do any or some of these things?
Well.. On application this gel does feel nice and cool, it's almost watery and spreads across the skin well, a little goes a long way. However for me this coolness doesn't translate into any kind of pain killing property, this type of product often contains a mild local anaesthetic effect but I don't notice any with this.
Reducing scarring, this works on the principal of the 'hydrocolloid' formula being able to form an imperceptible layer over the wound, maintaining moisture levels and whicking away excess moisture, while keeping an optimum level close to the skin. This the reasoning goes prevents a hard scab forming, which tends to cause puckering at the edges of the wound which I assume is in part what causes a scar (particularly a raised/textured one) and stops the damage healing as quickly.
The principal of most healing was discovered in the early 60s where it was observed that wounds kept in the correct moist conditions healed twice as fast "Cell growth needs moisture and the principle aim of moist wound therapy is to create and maintain optimal moist conditions. Cells can grow, divide and migrate at an increased rate to optimize the formation of new tissue " (http://int.elastoplast.net moist wound healing ) This in part is the aim of the gel. However I am not aware of much of a film left on my skin and don't feel that the wound is kept particularly moist, unless used with a plaster of course, then it works.
Luckily my cut wasn't severe enough to be at much risk of scarring, and none of us have suffered any of our characteristically gory accidents recently to thoroughly test this out yet. However I did use this product diligently while my cut was healing, and I don't seem to have suffered any scarring. However I get the same results if I use Bio-oil, or my own shea mix.
I did feel that the cut healed a little faster than usual. I'm normally pretty speedy in the healing stakes, but my cut (which was on my leg and about 3 inches long) seemed to have knit well within a day or two, and I left plasters off after the first day. I kept applying this for a week, at the end of the week (it doesn't recommend a specific period of use on the tube) I was left with a red line, which has now faded to a white line, but not an obvious scar. I would have stopped using it after about 3 days as the cut was no longer bothering me at all, but kept going to test out the properties of the gel. This type of mark on my skin usually fades away completely given a little time so I'm quite pleased with how it looked and felt in a fairly short time.
One thing I particularly liked about this gel is that the skin felt quite dry though soft after application. I used it as a hand cream a couple of times when my mitts felt dry and my usual cream wasn't to hand, and I thought it worked very well and didn't leave my skin feeling at all sticky, too expensive to do on a regular basis though. Also how would we maintain a Titan immune system if our hands were constantly smeared in bug killing formulation.
Something I have noticed with other gel/creams of this nature is that when the skin gets wet it seems to reactivate the product making for a fairly unpleasant slimy slippery feeling to the skin. I thought that although I don't like it, that it was a good thing as it was evidence of the protective layer that was left on the skin. I don't get that with this... Does that mean that it's claims to leave a layer of protection are rubbish, or that it is simply a good formulation that doesn't react in that way. I really don't know.
One application that we find this really useful for is my husbands over sensitive skin that gets razor burn on a regular basis. It really seems to help with this and is far less noticeable than the swatches of purest white on his face from Sudocrem. He says it does ease the burning sensations, so I can see how this could be good for sunburn, or other minor burns. It really does seem to heal this up nice and quickly, so I imagine it would work that way on grazes too.
This is widely available at most big supermarket type outlets and chemists, it costs approximately £3.90 (at Tesco) for 50g, which for me is a little to expensive. I won't bother buying it myself as I have found good results with other products regarding speed of healing and reduced scarring. I do think this is a great idea though with sound medical principals behind it, and if you have a little one that is half as accident prone as my lot then this could be a good option
Although this is a fairly positive review, I have to say that there are many other antiseptic creams etc out there that do a great job, and are less expensive or give you more product for your money. If you are using this mainly for children then I personally think any antisepetic cream and a plaster would do as well, as little ones heal so quickly and with little scarring anyway. I think it's value is greater for older people who may find they heal slowly.
Good but not exceptional. I can only give it two stars because although it makes some difference it's not enough to mark it out for the specific claims it makes.
Recently my other half had a small accident and ended up with large cuts/scratches on his forearms. I purchased this in the hope that they would heal more quickly and not scar.
The product is immediately identifiable as belonging to the Savlon range, as it comes in the distinctive blue coloured tube with white lettering. However the words "Advanced Healing' are quite prominent, which makes this product easily distinguishable.
It seems a bit silly to admit this now but when I first squeezed the product out, I was surprised to see that it was a gel and not a cream. Obviously there is a rather large clue in the product name, but I hadn't really registered that and was expecting it to look like regular Savlon. Don't I feel silly. The product is translucent white when first applied but as soon as you have spread it over the skin it loses its white colour and leaves just a slightly 'wet' look, which disappears almost instantly. Within 30 seconds of application you can't feel where you have applied the gel at all. The product scent does remain for quite a while afterwards, I would say for around half an hour after application. It isn't a strong smell, nor an unpleasant one, but you are aware of it. If you have used regular Savlon before, the smell is more or less identical. If not, the best way I can describe it is as being a bit like talcum powder with a touch of something 'medicated' thrown in.
In terms of whether this product works, it didn't produce miracle results but I do think it speeded up the healing process a little. Of course, there is no way of telling how quickly the wounds would have healed on their own, but I do think they cleared up somewhat more quickly than I expected. They did leave slight scarring so again, no miracle, but would this have been worse without the gel? Perhaps. On reading the website, the scarring prevention is most effective if the gel is applied before a scab can form so this is probably why we didn't have great results in this area. Luckily there haven't been any subsequent injuries to test it on!
Overall, I would say this product did have some effect but the results didn't 'wow' me. I might buy it again if I had visible marks I wanted rid of, if I'd managed to fall into a thorn bush a week before my wedding or something, but under those circumstances I'd be buying it out of desperation and because I had nothing to lose. Its actual impact will always be difficult to judge but don't buy this expecting a miracle of healing, because you will be disappointed.
I have found this gel online for around £3.50 for 50g so it is around 50% more expensive than regular Savlon. In order to use it before a scab forms you would have to keep a tube on standby, so if you spot this on promotion it might be worth picking up a tube for the medicine cabinet, but I'm not sure I'm convinced enough of its effect to buy it again.
Savlon / A medicated gel designed to speed up healing and prevent scarring.